Remember when Magic: The Gathering (MTG, a Collectable Card Game (CCG)) first ventured on-line? It was gods-awful. They were told that no one, NO ONE, would pay to own a virtual representation of a physical item without owning that item. (I might have dabbled)
The common wisdom of the day seemed right… but as we now see, MTG was just ahead of their time. Now we have Hearthstone, and it’s highly successful. We pay real world money for colorized versions of mounts to ride in virtual worlds that we already have the base model of.
So I need something from the e-book industry: Bookmarks in all their colorful glory and diversity.
I know it’s not time yet. Color is still not an easy thing, and the price is too high yet to ring in an era of ubiquity. But coding is a process. So I’m asking now. In the future, I want to go to a bookmark store on the web, buy a virtual bookmark, and when I stop reading my e-ink, I want to see that bookmark slide in over where the binding would be. I want to assign a bookmark to a book. I want to assign a group of bookmarks to a book, then check “random” and scry my inner thoughts upon viewing it.
So jump on that now, IDPF; and remember – you heard it here first. ~.^
Posted on August 26, 2017, in Bibliophile, dreams, inventive, reader, wishes. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
New Profession? Or an old one? It’s always about the money…isn’t it
Money? Money is not under discussion here. What is under discussion is the things we lose as we move away from the use of wood, and how to recapture them.
One of the joys of choosing to read a book was fitting a bookmark to it. Every book was manufactured the same, and while Levenger would sell leather covers for books – those were costly; but everyone could afford a bookmark or two. It was a way of personalizing your reading experience.
Currently, while it’s not feasible to introduce bookmarks into the e-book format, the time to request it is now as the standards and the base coding are developed.
The topic is, at its heart, very human.